Boeing scrubs Starliner space capsule launch again | Microsoft CEO leaves Starbucks board

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For the second time in a month, the first crewed launch of Boeing’s Starliner space capsule was called off while the crew members were in their seats, waiting for liftoff. Today’s scrub marked the latest setback for a development and testing effort that has already been through years of delays — and more than $1 billion in cost overruns that Boeing has had to cover. Read more.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stepped down from the Starbucks board of directors after seven years. In his letter of resignation, Nadella didn’t give a reason, but expressed confidence in Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan and the senior leadership team. Read more.

Yi-Jian Ngo, a fixture of the Seattle startup community and longtime leader of the Alliance of Angels, is departing the angel investor group. Read more.

Seattle axed plans to test an acoustic gunshot detection system as part of a crime prevention pilot. The technology has sparked controversy across the country over its effectiveness. Read more.

A jury awarded $72 million in damages to a Seattle-area startup called Zunum Aero, which claims that Boeing stole trade secrets and interfered in its efforts to bring in funding for the development of hybrid-electric airplanes. Boeing says it will challenge the judgment. Read more.

This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we explore the frontier of crowd-augmented cognition, the concept of humans working together with the help of technology, including new ways that AI is changing the field. Our guest is Aniket (Niki) Kittur (above), a professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Read more and listen here, and subscribe to GeekWire in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen.

A team of high schoolers took the top prize in a startup competition for young Seattle-area entrepreneurs for their artificial intelligence-enabled accent softening tool for call center agents. The team, called Soundwave, will move on to a global competition in Silicon Valley. Read more.

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